Story and Photos by Kristin Schaeffer

As the least populated state in America, it might seem as if Wyoming’s choral students have a natural disadvantage when competing nationally or regionally. Fewer students statistically mean a smaller talent pool to pull from to make up our student choirs, but Casper Children’s Chorale and Director Marcia Patton prove repeatedly that with hard work and determination Wyoming children are capable of beating the odds.

The members of Casper Children’s Chorale have won the honor of attending the American Choral Director’s Regional Conference in Seattle, Washington, and are scheduled to travel as a choir to perform at the conference in March 2016. Patton will take approximately 82 singers to the performance ranging in age from 9 to 13 years old, who have attended (#) 90 minute practices per week since the start of the school year in preparation for this and their many performances throughout the year.

“It’s very intensive; I move very fast,” said Patton of the rehearsals Chorale members work through. “When the kids come in the room there’s a white board at the front of the room that has all the songs we’re doing in the order we’re doing them. I never spend more than 10 minutes on a song.”

According to Patton, she uses the Solfège method . . .

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Kristin Schaeffer